NAIROBI, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Guinea all confirmed their first cases of the new coronavirus on Friday, giving the disease a foothold in 18 countries on the African continent.Africa had so far largely been spared the rapid spread of COVID-19, whic…"Update: Covid-19 spreads to 18 African nations, including Kenya and Ethiopia"
Spain announced Saturday that it would severely limit the movements of its 46 million people to try to contain the coronavirus pandemic spreading in Europe.Madrid said it would employ steps similar to those Italy took in locking down its country for tw…"Spain Plans Two-week Lockdown to Fight COVID-19"
Rome – FAO Director-General QU Dongyu has welcomed a €17 million contribution from Germany to provide assistance to those directly affected by the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa.Germany’s Permanent Representative to FAO, Ulrich Seidenberger, made…"FAO welcomes €17 million contribution from Germany to combat the impact of the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa"
GENEVA – The U.N. refugee agency and partners are appealing for $1.3 billion to assist more than two million South Sudanese refugees and five major countries hosting them — Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.After seven…"UN Appeals for $1.3B for South Sudan Refugees, Host Countries"
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family, relatives and friends of Mzee Abdulla Mohammed Jari who passed away last night at a Nairobi hospital.Mzee Abdulla Mohamed Jari who passed on at the age of 90 years is father to Ea…"President Kenyatta Mourns Mzee Abdulla Mohammed"
Rome – The effects of inadequate rainfall on agricultural production added two countries – Namibia and Tanzania – to FAO’s list of countries in need of external assistance for food, adding to strains triggered by desert locusts even as global cereal pr…"Dry weather increases by two the list of countries in need of external food assistance"